Louis Barnett: A Teen With Dyslexia Living His Dream

Home school success story!

I always love a dyslexia success story so I was immensely pleased when I came across Louis Barnett’s story. The Dyslexic Reader always features a “Famous Dyslexics” section and this was one of my favorites.

Louis Barnett is an 18 year old entrepreneur and chocolatier in the United Kingdom. He was diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and problems with his short term memory. By the time he was in high school his parents decided to home school him.

What I liked so much about the Louis Barnett story is that his parents realized that he wasn’t going to make it the traditional way of school so they opted for home schooling. This untraditional path, no doubt left them a lot of time to help Louis pursue what he loved to do–which was make chocolate treats.

Dyslexic teen starts his own business at 12 years old!

Louis’ chocolate became an instant hit and by 12 years old he was very busy filling orders. It became very apparent that he was successful in this and he set up his now very successful chocolate business.

Good for Louis and his parents. A lot of parents don’t know what to do for their dyslexic child because often they just don’t seem to fit into the school system. I see a lot of kids  here at Dyslexia Correction Specialties that are so emotionally damaged– at even 8 years old–from being in a school that just beats them up because of their reading, spelling and processing difficulties.

Home schooling isn’t for everyone, but it can definitely help a child with dyslexia be able to learn at their own pace and be released from the pressure a traditional school demands. My own daughter who is home schooled, is designing our entire summer vacation road trip–complete with maps and a budget. She has also just finished her first “trailer” to a movie that she is filming. She is 13.  If she were in traditional school, she wouldn’t have time to explore the things that interest her and actually go in depth and study them.

I am not saying that home schooling is the only way, but it is a great avenue that can bring back a kid’s interests that are often lost in traditional schools.

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